Desert Hawks Technical Advisor, Mohamed Abdallah “Mazda”, assisted by Manager, Burhan Tiya, named a 25-man squad for the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) Kenya 2018 qualifier away to Burundi on Sunday in Bujumbura, overlooking players from the bitterest rivals.
Hilal Obeid, Ahly Shendy, Ahly Atbara, Hilal Kadougli are amongst the clubs represented in the 25-man squad.
As part of preparations briefly interrupted by a FIFA ban earlier in the month, the Desert Hawks engaged Ahli Khartoum in a test match (won 4-0) last Friday to gauge their readiness ahead of the trip to Bujumbura.
“We have overcome our frustration after the suspension was lifted. We have been training intensively for the past six days.
“Though the first halve of the Sudanese Premier League ended a month ago, the players are in a good physical situation.
“African football has developed a lot and every team has become tough to beat. Burundi eliminated Sudan in the qualifiers for the 2014 edition of the CHAN in South Africa, and is therefore a big challenge ahead of us,” said Burhan.
The second leg takes place on Friday, 28 July 2017, with the winner facing Ethiopia at the final round of the Central-East Zone qualifiers for the tournament designed exclusively for footballers playing in their domestic leagues.
Goalkeepers: Akram Al-Hadi Saleem (Hilal Obeid), Mohamed Adam Dida (Hilal Kadugli), Awad Kafi (Ahly Atbara), Mohamed Al-Jamri(Ahy Khartoum)
Defenders: Bakri Basheer, Ali Khalafallah (Hilal Obeid), Hamza Daoud, Mustafa Kershum and Mohamed Haggar (Khartoum Watani), Amjad Ismail and Faris Abdullah (Ahly Shendi)
Midfielders: Muhannad Al-Taher, Nasreldin Al-Shigel , Abdulrahman Iashag and Mufadal Muhammad Alhassan (Hilal Obeid), Walildin Khadir, Mujahid Faroug, Khattab Faisal, Yasser Muzzammal and Omar Ibrahim Ammare (Ahli Shendi) Elhamy Youssuf (Hay El Wadi)
Forwards: Amin Ibrahim and Saifel'Terry' Malik (Khartoum Watani) Mu'az Algoz (Hilal Obeid)
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22.07.2017 Kigali Rwanda vs Tanzania (1-1)
23.07.2017 Bujumbura Burundi vs Sudan*
West Zone A
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22.07.2017 Bamako Mali vs Guinea (0-0)
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23.07.2017 Nouakchott Mauritania vs Liberia (2-0)
West Zone B
23.07.2017 Cotonou Benin vs Togo (1-1)
22.07.2017 Moruleng South Africa vs Botswana (2-0)
22.07.2017 Lusaka Zambia vs Swaziland (4-0)
23.07.2017 Maseru Lesotho vs Comoros (0-2)
23.07.2017 Maputo Mozambique vs Madagascar (2-2)
23.07.2017 Luanda Angola vs Mauritius (1-0)
23.07.2017 Harare Zimbabwe vs Namibia (0-1)